Monday, March 29, 2010

Regional Market Focus for this week


§ On Friday (26Mar10), shares in Singapore closed higher, with the STI up by 17.91 points to 2,906.28. Gainers led losers 309 to 167. In the US , stocks initially rose after European Union leaders said they had agreed on a standby aid package for Greece , and after better-than- expected March consumer sentiment data. However, they sold off later during the day to close mostly flat, with the S&P 500 marginally higher by 0.86 point (0.07%) at 1,166.59.

§ Technicals for the STI seem to be leaning harder on the Shanghai Composite at this point in time. The STI continued higher on Friday despite a very obvious rejection of key resistance in the S&P 500 the day before (Thursday, 25Mar10). The Shanghai Composite on the other hand, rallied 50 points from its low on Friday.

§ Price action wise, the technical outlook is currently somewhat unclear due to the conflicting direction given by Shanghai and the S&P 500, as well as the STI’s seeming inability to decide which side to bank on more. We go back to watching key support & resistance levels for clues on the STI’s direction. Resistance is at 2,910 and 2,932 respectively. Support is in the 2,885 to 2,880 region, then 2,870 to 2,865. A breach of support/resistance will give us a directional bias for the STI.

Hong Kong

§ Hong Kong market rallied and the benchmark indexes upped by the most in a week; on the speculation European leaders will form an agreement to ease Greece ’s debt problems. The HSI and the HSCEI gained 274.56pts and 147.84pts respectively settled at 21053.51 and 12050.33. Market turnover was 60.28 billion.

§ We expected that the recent low last week, which closes to 20700 would be, a critical support for the HSI. The US market may consolidate at recent high level and swing within a relatively narrow range before non-farm payrolls announcement this Friday, which limits the upside potential of benchmark indexes. Besides, the volatility of benchmark indexes would be higher resulting from the tightening measures to cool the mainland properties markets. Expected support and resistance today are 20900 and 21258 respectively.


§ Thai stocks were extremely volatile throughout the session last Fri before succumbing to a heavy bout of profit taking in late market trading on risk aversion ahead of the red-shirt’s rally over the weekend. The composite SET Index ended the session down 5.5 points in lighter volume while foreign investors remained net buyers of local equities.

§ Even though foreign investors continued to buy local shares for a 24th consecutive session, pushing the main index higher by as much as 11%, net foreign buying was however showing signs of abating in some regional markets, leading to heightened speculation on when foreign fund flows would reverse. Such speculation also led to rising market volatility during the session. In the near term, we still give more weight to the political factor as a second round of talks between the government and the red shirts will take center stage today after failure to reach any common ground on parliament dissolution proposed by anti-government protesters to end the ongoing political stalemate yesterday. On the external front, concerns over Greece ’s debt problems appear to be abating somewhat. In a big picture, we believe the overall Thai market is likely to see a choppy session with a positive bias today.

§ For today’s strategy, we advise investors to look for laggard plays relative to peers or the broad market.

§ Today, resistance on the main index is expected at 793-800 and support at 772-763.

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